A woman who was caught shoplifting from local stores on 11 separate occasions to feed her drug addiction, was sentenced to eight months at Dundalk district court.
Last month the court heard Leanne Downey with an address at Aghameen Park, Dundalk was anxious to have a chance to prove herself to the court, but Judge Flann Brennan was told yesterday that she has come on in ‘leaps and bounds’ while in custody and wanted to continue to get help there.
On two separate occasions she stole almost €1,300 worth of perfume from Boots in the Marshes Shopping Centre.
In April the court was told the accused stole a laptop, an X-box, games and £150 sterling from her flatmate’s house at College Heights, Dundalk on the 31st of October 2011.
She also stole over €2.600 worth of goods including clothing, accessories, groceries and pefume, from Penney’s, Dunnes, Heatons, Boots and Woodie’s DIY on dates between St. Patrick’s Day and the end of November last year, although in many of the cases the property was recovered.
The Defence solicitor said at the time that his client had been in custody and unhappily had lost her baby, but he added she now had somewhere to go and wanted to attend a local counselling service.
The solicitor said the accused - who had got off drugs while in custody, is a very bright young woman, whose life had been blighted by a drug addiction.
However, the solicitor told the court last Thursday that having been in custody for five weeks now, his client has come on in leaps and bounds and had phoned him from prison during the week to say she wished to continue her treatment in custody.
The court also heard new evidence in relation to two separate garda assaults - one in Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda on November 24th last when the accused pulled a garda’s hair while in a private area of the A & E and in Cox’s Demesne on May 23rd 2012, when she struck the face of a garda who went to search her handbag.
Judge Flann Brennan imposed five month sentences for the assaults and concurrent eight month sentences for the theft offences and added he would only bring down eight months of a nine month suspended sentence he was activating - given the time spent in custody.